In the heart of our vibrant community, beneath the shadows of towering silos and nestled amidst historic streets, a trio of local breweries beckon with stories as diverse as the brews they pour. These establishments have more than just beer brewing within their walls; they carry with them a sense of heritage, a connection to our past, and an unwavering commitment to the craft.
Meet Rochester’s FIRST Craft Brewery—Rorbach’s
Back in 1991, a dream took shape in the hearts of John and Patty Urlaub right here in Rochester, NY. That dream? To introduce our beloved city to the wonders of craft beer. Inspired by the quaint charm of Rohrbach, Germany, John and Patty embarked on a journey that would forever change our local beer scene.
Their story began in the historic German House on Gregory Street, and today, it unfolds across two thriving locales—the bustling brewery and beer hall on Railroad St. in downtown Rochester and the inviting Buffalo Road Brewpub Restaurant in Gates.
Despite the remarkable growth they’ve experienced over the past 25 years, one thing has remained constant—their unwavering commitment to their roots.
Today, as you explore Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse, or the beautiful surrounding areas of Upstate NY, you’re bound to encounter the unmistakable flavor of Rohrbach beer. You’ll find their brews gracing the shelves of local stores, elevating the menus of your cherished restaurants, enhancing the atmosphere of lively bars, and even filling the heart of sports arenas. Rorbach’s is undeniably woven into the very fabric of this remarkable community!
Victor NY’s “Must Visit” Location—NYBP
Step into a meticulously recreated wonder – a homage to the legendary Beer Hall that once graced the streets of 1870s New York City, known far and wide as The Atlantic Garden. This remarkable space pays homage to the very essence of American craftsmanship at its zenith.
Back then, this was more than just a place to savor a fresh brew; it was a community gathering spot where people of all ages, men and women alike, came together to revel in each other’s company. The Atlantic Garden was a hub of life’s celebrations, and today, we invite you to relive that glorious renaissance right here in historic Victor.
As you step through our doors, you’ll find yourself immersed in the opulence of the era. Marvel at the grandeur of crystal chandeliers that cast a timeless glow. Ascend the meticulously recreated grand staircase adorned with intricate brewing hops designs, a nod to the brewery’s rich heritage.
The clock tower stands tall, a majestic sentinel overseeing the scene, while communal gathering tables invite you to sit, relax, and bask in the camaraderie of friends, old and new. And let’s not forget the pièce de résistance – the dazzling Atlantic bar, where their passion for craft beer flows like a river.
Join us on a journey through time, where history comes alive, and the spirit of an era lives on. This remarkable gathering spot is not just an ordinary brewery; it’s an immersive experience, a living tribute to the legacy of American brewing.
Unearthing the Origins of the Irish Mafia’s Brewing Legacy
Within the shadowy tapestry of organized crime in America lies a tale as intriguing as it is mysterious. Meet the Irish Mafia, the nation’s oldest and most enigmatic underground syndicate. While their history is veiled in secrecy, one story has emerged, shedding light on their intriguing world.
At the turn of the 20th century, an enigmatic brewer known only as “Willy of Cork” was abruptly plucked from his home in the dead of night. Transported to Belfast, he found himself on a boat bound for Boston, heralding a remarkable chapter in his life. On board lay small-batch brewing equipment and the enigmatic “Willy of Cork.”
The Irish Mafia, passionate about wealth, love, tattoos, family, and hidden alliances, had one true love – crafting exceptional beer. They took an audacious gamble by kidnapping Willy, and their risk paid off. Faced with surrendering his cherished recipes or a grim fate, Willy chose to share his secrets, rising to prominence within the Irish Mafia.
However, this era couldn’t last forever…
In 1926, a rival mafia gang launched a daring raid in pursuit of the coveted beer recipes. Yet, the indomitable Irish Mafia proved invincible. Though fatally wounded by Erin, the rival gang’s leader, Willy had hidden his recipes, sealing their fate.
90 years later, the long-lost recipes were found, and Irish Mafia Brewing Company was born. Irish Mafia’s mission is to share Willy’s legacy, starting in New York, and reunite it with our brethren in Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, and beyond.